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Staphylococcus lugdunensis.
  1. K F Barker,
  2. J C O'Driscoll,
  3. A Bhargava
  1. Public Health Laboratory, St George's Hospital, London.


    A fatal case of penicillin resistant Staphylococcus lugdunensis endocarditis on a native valve damaged by rheumatic fever is described. A retrospective examination of 978 tube coagulase negative staphylococcal blood culture isolates was also performed to determine how often this species is isolated. None of the 978 isolates was identified as S lugdunensis. It is concluded that ornithine decarboxylase production is the only reliable method of identifying this species.

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